Growth Mindset is arguably one of the most popular psychological theories in education. It describes the belief that one has that their abilities and intelligence can develop and improve. At the other end of the spectrum, is a Fixed Mindset, which covers the belief that intelligence is set in stone.
This area of psychology has been much researched and heavily debated. So what are the benefits associated with having a Growth Mindset?
Critical Thinking is one of those phrases that gets mentioned often. Some think it is vital that we teach it to students. Others think it’s something that can’t be taught in isolation. We think it’s worth exploring exactly what it is and more importantly, if it is possible to teach it. We’ve done the research and found that arguments for both sides exist.
So, what are the benefits of teaching critical thinking? And what are some common misconceptions?